Dalian, China Places Order For 1,200 BYD Electric Buses

MAR 10 2014 BY MARK KANE 4

BYD Recived Order For Over 600 Electric Buses and 400 Electric Taxis From Nanjing, China

BYD Recived Order For Over 600 Electric Buses and 400 Electric Taxis From Nanjing, China

Recently, we reported on one of the largest orders for electric buses, but now we see something even bigger.

BYD grabbed a 1,200-unit order for its K9 ebus from Dalian, China.

It’s a lucky March for BYD with over 1,800 orders under the belt.

The latest order of 1,200 will be delivered in two parts – 600 this year and 600 units next year.

But this is not all. BYD announced that it’s opening a new electric bus manufacturing facility in Dalian:

“BYD took the opportunity at the signing event to announce the opening of a new electric bus manufacturing facility in the Dalian Huayuankou Economic Zone to service the growing needs of northern China.”

The agreement with Dalian includes commitment of more than 50% of new purchased taxis in Dalian to be new energy vehicles (EVs or PHEVs).

Here’s more from the BYD press release:

“At the event with Liaoning Province Governor Zhenggao Chen, BYD Founder and CEO Chuanfu Wang introduced company milestones, R&D capabilities and products including the electric bus and fully electric e6 SUV being used worldwide in fleet applications. He also took the chance to talk about BYD’s latest consumer offering – the break-through, plug-in-hybrid, Qin. Chairman Wang highlighted operational statistics of the BYD electric fleets now totaling over 175 million Km traveled (~111 million miles in revenue service) and operating in many cities including recent projects in London, England and New York City. A key message from the BYD Chairman was that this technology is not just environmentally friendly, but very efficient and profitable for the operators as witnessed in the Shenzhen fleets. Zhenggao Chen, Governor of Liaoning province, expressed his view that BYD is a pioneer in the aspect of new energy vehicles, and is confident BYD will seize the opportunity to develop and keep mastering the core technologies for new energy vehicles to keep winning the war combating poor air quality.”

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Whoo-hoo!

Now it’s all up to BYD to deliver on these. A tall task, but their eBuses seem to be doing fabulously so far.

To paraphrase Bob Lutz, if electrifying compact cars is in a way “the wrong end of the business”, then electrifying buses – with their huge diesel consumption and subsequent soot emissions right where people are most concentrated – is the most “right end of the business” you can find.

There was a time BYD boasted it would concur the world with its plug-in vehicles. Nothing of the sort happened and neither did it ever have the technology to make such a thing happen but it certainly is steadily carving out a niche for itself in public transportation.

eh..conquer…

They will get there, it’s just a matter of time. (Well, not conquering the world that is but at least selling a lot of EV’s in a lot of countries).
It will probably be like following the Japanese and lately the Koreans going from laughing stocks and poor copies to quality cars of their own.